Rising Interest in U.S. Citizenship Discussed at Houston Ethnic Media Roundtable

May 16, 2016

Last month, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Houston to discuss naturalization for the city’s nearly 350,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents. Applications for naturalization spiked in the last year, a common trend during presidential election years. Local Campaign partners are helping applicants navigate the process, which is much easier […]

New Interactive Map Helps Refine Naturalization Efforts

May 10, 2016

Earlier this year, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at the University of Southern California released an interactive map that “estimates of the size and region-of-origin composition of eligible-to-naturalize adults in the United States,” and provides demographic breakdowns which help make decisions on how to target naturalization efforts. The CSII map, developed […]

Could You Be a Citizen and Not Even Know It?

In recent months, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has seen a significant number of cases of individuals starting the naturalization process without realizing they are already citizens. The reason? The Child Citizenship Act, which went into effect on Feb. 27, 2001. Under this act, children who were born to naturalized citizens and under […]

Proposed Naturalization Fee Changes Help Some Immigrants, Hurt Others

May 6, 2016

More low-income workers and families will soon be able to apply for a partial fee waiver for naturalization costs, making it easier for them to apply for citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security announced. Earlier this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a proposed rule to adjust the immigration and naturalization fee schedule […]

New N-400 Naturalization Application Form Published

May 2, 2016

On April 13, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new citizenship application form N-400. USCIS proposed changes to the N-400 application last year and asked for public comment throughout 2015. Last November, the Naturalization Working Group, the policy arm of the New Americans Campaign, submitted its comments on the proposed changes. 19 partner […]

Ethnic Media Roundtable Underscores that Citizenship is Easier than You Think

April 12, 2016

On Feb. 24, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Charlotte to discuss naturalization for North Carolina’s nearly 136,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents. The discussion focused on the differences between applying for a green card and applying for citizenship. Participants repeatedly said applying for citizenship was easier than they anticipated. […]

Study Provides Fresh Numbers on Effectiveness of New Americans Campaign Services

March 31, 2016

A new report answers questions about what happens to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) after they receive naturalization assistance through the New Americans Campaign. The results are powerful. The vast majority of immigrants who receive assistance through a New Americans Campaign partner go on to submit their naturalization applications and become U.S. citizens. The study was […]

Partnerships with Human Services Agencies Boost Interest in Naturalization

March 30, 2016

A new report authored by Marion Coddou of Stanford University and part of the New Americans Campaign Best Practices Series Toolkit puts a spotlight on a very promising new model of cooperation that has boosted turnout for San Francisco Bay Area naturalization workshops in Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. In partnership with […]

Miami New Americans Campaign Helps Thousands Start the Citizenship Process in One Day

March 25, 2016

On a warm Saturday morning in March, thousands of green card holders arrived at Marlins Park in Miami, a line snaking around the palm streets outside of the ballpark. Inside, the Miami New Americans Campaign and hundreds of volunteers assembled tables and chairs, laptop computers and paperwork. They were prepping for one of the largest […]

Women and Migration

March 8, 2016

Today marks International Women’s Day. More than 20 million female immigrants live in the United States today. They represent 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population. As of 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, immigrant women accounted for 21.2 million of the total 41.3 million immigrants living in the U.S. Historically, […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 2,900 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 193,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $172 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More